"Be not embarrassed by new spots and changes of coloring, but let them show with gratitude for the abundance of a well-lived life that they bear withness to so beautifully."
Rev. Mary Murry Shelton - The Inevitability of Change - Page 5
"I intend to mature, but I do not intend to have old age. I intend to live to my last breath, but to live victoriously, actively, dynamically, and happily. You may say that when I'm 75, I won't feel the way I do now. I don't know whether I will or whether I won't, but I do know I will have more sense. I probably won't want to do half the things I want to do now.
Looking back 30 years in my own life, I don't want to do things today I did 30 years ago. I have no interest in them. I see people 30 years younger doing them all the time, and I think this is great. I am glad I did what I did. I am delighted with every sin I ever committed. I am thoroughly pleased that I did everything I did. I think it would be dreadful to go to my grave and not have had all this experience.
You and I are greater because of our mistakes, and that is all the word sin means. Average people don't sin. They are either afraid of taking the chance, or the desire has been scared out of them by the theologians. At the age of 70, they look back on a blameless life, and it is terrible, just dreadful!"
Raymond Charles Barker - Collected Wisdom - Page 141 - 142
What is it about our society, that seemingly is so obsessed with Youth? It seems much of the advertising we see and hear is all geared toward a younger generation - many of whom have yet to experience broken dreams, relationships that have gone estranged, or the profound life lessons that come with great loss. And, from what I can see, for many younger people, the tendency to self-centeredness is in full season! Does this, in fact, prepare them for life's lessons that are sure to unfold in their future?
Most of you know I have had the blessing of traveling our world, and in so doing have encountered several cultures that are many centuries older than ours here in America. The thing which stands out most in my memory is the dignity and in some cases, the Honor that is bestowed upon the mature citizens of these countries. You might call it “Reverence for a Life Well Lived” that these people enjoy. These "Elders" have a value that is revered from the wealth of experiences they have had and they are relied upon to impart that wisdom, to "Teach the children well" from a place that only age and maturity can bring.
Why then do we in our society so quickly discount these walking textbooks of Wisdom, these troubadours of a "Life Well Lived"?
These are the people who can answer many of our social issues - from love to war - and we need them for their valuable experience. We should treasure them for the Wisdom they are able to convey so we don't make the same mistakes again. History has shown us this lesson in many unnecessary mistakes.
Avail yourself of these fonts of Wisdom and experience. We are blessed to have so many in our daily life. They are our guardian Angels. They show us the pathways to tread and the pitfalls to avoid.
After all, I am only in my 84th year on this planet as an Ageless, Deathless, Beingness of God! And... I know I need all the help I can get!